Tipping the cow seems like a prank where when the cow is sleeping, a person goes to the animal and tips it over. Well, let’s start this as our new social discussion. Ask around, put a story, and ask people if they have tipped a cow. It is a wild guess that some of them may have done it when they were in the countryside late at night or visiting a winery near the fields. Or, they might have sipped some alcoholic drinks and drove to the pastures to tip a cow.
If you have not done it and your friends do not know about it, dare them! You can play a game and dare them to tip a cow. If you are born and bought up in the countryside, you will know that the cows while playing may tip each other off. Don’t worry; they can get back up easily just like you can.
Some might say that it is not possible to tip a sleeping cow. Well, humans are smart enough for a reason; they can figure out a way to tip off the cow if they want to.
Here is how you can tip the cow
The first thing is cows do not sleep while standing up. They might take a nap while they are standing, but they will be startled as soon as you go near them as they are very well aware of their surroundings. They only go into a deep sleep when lying down. They can take a deep sleep of hours per day, and the rest of the time, they are either in the resting state or awake.
If anyone is startled at something in the herd or if there is a predator nearby, they can easily sense it. Even more interesting, if they are in a herd and something is wrong, one cow will alert the others about the suspicious activity, and in no time, the whole herd will be on its toes to find you out. Cows are very easily startled from their resting state even if they do not have a cow around them. This makes it very difficult to sneak up on the cow.
If you manage to get near the cow by parking your car at a walking distance, and you walk up to the sleeping cow without alerting it or any other cows in the herd, you might actually be able to do it. You also need to ensure that you do not get in the sight of the cow. It should not hear your sound or smell your scent, and if you cross all these hurdles, you are all set to tip the cow off.
How much physical strength one needs to tip the cow?
Tracy Boechler and Dr. Margo Lillie of the Zoology Department at the University of British Columbia conducted a study in 2005 to know the physical strength needed to tip a cow. The study stated that it would take approximately 1360 to 2910 Newtons of force applied at an optimal angle to tip off a cow. They further estimated that an average adult human could generate approximately 660 Newtons of force at the optimal tipping angle. So, if you reach the ideal situation and the cow is static, then theoretically, approximately 2 people could apply enough force to tip the static cow off.